Former Test players Chandu Borde, Ajit Wadekar and Kiran More hailed Friday’s order of the Supreme Court to make Sunil Gavaskar as the president of the BCCI for IPL affairs as beneficial to the image of the T20 League which is under a cloud following last season’s spot-fixing and betting scandal.
“This is a very good thing that the Supreme Court has done. It’s a great opportunity to the players as cricket would be given priority in the IPL whose image has taken a beating because of the allegations of betting, match-fixing etc,” said Borde from Pune.
“Gavaskar is a man known for playing with the straight bat. There will be a lot of transparency under his guidance.”
Wadekar said, “Glad that a legend like Gavaskar has been given charge of the BCCI. Good that he will also not lose his remuneration as commentator,” he said, referring to the Supreme Court’s order that BCCI compensate Gavaskar for getting freed of his contractual obligations to it while performing the job as president in charge of IPL.
Former stumper More said, “It is good. He (Gavaskar) was a player, so he knows what are the problems faced by the cricketers. He was also part of the IPL governing council, so he would know about the workings of it. He was the ICC Chairman (cricket committee), so he shouldn’t find the role of president difficult.”
Special Correspondent from Bangalore adds: Former wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani said, “I have been looking forward to having a highly regarded, reputed cricketer heading the BCCI and though this is interim, it is good.”